Open Connections

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Opportunities to Give

Opportunities to give come in different forms.

 

If you would like to enhance and extend the work of Open Connections--such as making it possible for more low and moderate income families to attend our programs, or by enriching our environment with donations of equipment or supplies to be used by our young people--we would be most happy to hear from you.

           

There are specific ways already set up to receive your support.  Please

feel free to make you choice(s) from the list below, or you may contact us at office@openconnections.org or by calling 610-459-3366.  We will be happy to answer any of your questions and thank you, in advance, for your desire to help.

 

Wish List       

We are always in need of:

  • Wood for Woodshop (soft wood like pine is particularly useful)
  • Old or new hardware (knobs, hinges, handles) for both Woodshops.
  • Mechanical items to take apart (think bathroom scales, engines, typewriters)
  • Legos
  • 1/4” thick plastic (Lucite) sheets

 

Items can be brought to the Office at Open Connections.  Thank you for keeping us in mind when you are cleaning out!

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Pathways to Giving

Financial Funds Explained:

  • Annual Giving Fund:
    • General Operating Expenses: help pay the bills (electricity, salaries, program materials, etc) **
    • Financial Aid: helps pay program fees for individual families for the upcoming program year.
  • Sustainability Fund: helps pay program fees for individual families in future years. We are in the process of building a $3 Million fund of investments which will feed the Financial Aid Fund annually from its generated interest.

 

** NOTE: At the current time, ALL contributions to Annual Giving are doubled by the Wyncote Foundation.

 

Ways to Donate:

  • Sustaining Supporters: Become a Sustaining Supporter and have your donation automatically processed monthly, semi-annually, annually (click here to Donate Online  and become a Sustaining Supporter).
  • Corporate Matching Gifts: Please check with your employer to see if your donation can be doubled through their matching gifts program.
  • Planned Giving: If you would like to include us in your will, please contact us to discuss it.

 

If you wish to send your contribution through the postal service please address your contribution to Open Connections, Inc., 1616 Delchester Road, Newtown Square, PA, 19073. 

                

If you have any questions or would like to have a conversation about how best to support OC, please contact our Development Committee, at oc.development@openconnections.org or by calling 610-459-3366 to leave a message.  Thank you, in advance, for your desire to help!

December 2020

 

Dear Friends,

 

This has been a year like no other. It has called upon each of us to dig down deep and tap into a well of flexibility and patience that we may not have known was there.  It has beckoned us, when faced with division, to seek to understand and assume good intentions. In these times, the OC philosophy, which emphasizes respect for others, the value of process consciousness, and the importance of collaboration, is needed now more than ever.

 

Challenging times are always paired with opportunity and this year is no exception. Our world is changing. Our view of education is changing. As more families step into homeschooling and self-directed education, we are here to support them - to partner with them.

 

Last spring, Open Connections made a conscious decision to retain all staff who wished to remain so that we would be well positioned to continue to deliver the quality programs that families expect and enjoy once the pandemic fades. This decision has left us with a large operating deficit. The deficit has been partly muted through the use of our limited reserves. In addition, we are reaching out to our major donors seeking transitional support. Finally, we are reaching out to you, our friends and families for help. This year’s annual giving campaign is focused solely on minimizing the financial damage that this pandemic has wrought. I recognize that many families have also been put under terrible financial strain and may be unable to participate this year. That is completely understandable. For those who are able, please support Open Connections by making a donation, in any amount, to our annual giving campaign.

 

Donations can be made to Open Connections, 1616 Delchester Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19073 or you can donate online.

 

Thank you for helping us to minimize our losses so we can emerge from this pandemic positioned to thrive and allowing us to continue to serve the young people who seek a life full of purpose and fulfillment.

 

With deep appreciation,

 

Rick Sleutaris

Interim Executive Director 

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At OC, people really care about each other; in fact, at the beginning of each day, we have a gathering called Check-in where we hear about everyone’s week. At the end of the OC day, we have Appreciations, where we talk about things that we liked about our time at OC that day. OC is a place that not only values personal experiences, but also sharing them with others. It generates a very open and honest environment where people feel that they can talk about themselves.  ~ OC Teen